Wieters was one the few bright spots for the Orioles this year. While he may have not been "terrific" with the bat, he still proved that he is capable of becoming a very good hitter in this league for a long time. I compared Wieters stats to the other qualifying catchers. I also threw in some defensive stats since we are indeed talking about catchers and defense is Wieters' strength.
Catcher had 9 Qualifying players in 2011 (Obviously there were many catchers close, but only 9 qualified)
*Also take into account that Mauer and Posey were injured most of the year
*Some Catchers (Carlos Santana) had more plate appearances due to playing another position
Some more defensive notes:
Wieters ranked 1st
in the entire league with 14 DRS
(Total Defensive Runs Saved)
He also ranked 1st
with 5 RSB
(Stolen Based Runs Saved)
Overall, I would say that Wieters was very satisfying from a Catchers standpoint last season. The defense was top tier, and the hitting aspect of his game is only going to get better.
One final fun note:
Bill James projection on Wieters in 2012: .281AVG/.353OBP/.468SLG/.304BABIP/.357wOBA
I would gladly take that!
(stats all taken from http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=c&stats=fld&lg=all&qual=800&type=1&season=2011&month=0&season1=2011&ind=0&team=0&players=0